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STRIDE Adaptive Sports to Host Bocce ‘Discovery’ Event

(West Sand Lake, NY) – Rain or shine, Capital Region athletes with disabilities will have a unique opportunity to learn about the sport of Bocce this Saturday, May 25 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at STRIDE Adaptive Sports, located at 4482 NY Highway 150, West Sand Lake, NY 12196. The special “Bocce Discovery Day” is free to attend and will be held at the STRIDE SHARE Center, which is soon to become the Capital Region’s first adaptive sports and fitness gym for people with disabilities when renovations are complete.

The Head Coach of the Nassau Thunderbolts US Boccia Team, Mary Hodge, along with a few US players and support staff will be on hand to demonstrate the sport, equipment, and logistics of the game. There will be a demonstration on STRIDE’s indoor court as well as its new adaptive outdoor regulation court (weather permitting). Wheelchair athletes are especially encouraged to attend, but the session is open to all ages and abilities via RSVP to Megan Evans, Program Director. Please email mevans@stride.org or call the STRIDE office at (518) 598-1279. Following the clinic, STRIDE will be launching a new Bocce recreational program with details upcoming.

Boccia (or more commonly known as Bocce) is a game of strategy and accuracy. Boccia is sport for wheelchair athletes. The rules governing boccia include a sophisticated classification system that matches athletes based on their level of disability. Boccia is contested at local, national and international levels. In 1984 boccia became a Paralympic sport, and by 2008 was being practiced in over fifty countries worldwide. Boccia is governed by the Boccia International Sports Federation, and is one of only three Paralympic sports that have no counterpart in the Olympic program.

The sport is played on a flat, smooth surface, where players must throw or roll colored balls as close as possible to a white target ball known as the “jack.” The player, pair or team with the ball closes to the jack receives one point, and an additional point for every ball that is closer to the jack than the opponent’s. Each athlete, pair or team “throws” six balls per end.

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